Average Bench: 105% (7th of 1307)

Based on 297 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged 4.9% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 179Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 352Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 17.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,272Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 86.3Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 297 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.9 Memory 86.3 94.4
162 1-Core 179 188
314 2-Core 352 373
112% 206 Pts
Min Avg Max
581 4-Core 663 718
929 8-Core 1,044 1,134
109% 853 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,161 64-Core 1,272 1,350
85.4% 1,272 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.8
1-Core 185
2-Core 360
116% 212 Pts
4-Core 700
8-Core 1063
113% 882 Pts
64-Core 1,296
87% 1,296 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 83
1-Core 185
2-Core 366
114% 211 Pts
4-Core 694
8-Core 1,135
116% 914 Pts
64-Core 1,265
85% 1,265 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.4
1-Core 182
2-Core 356
116% 211 Pts
4-Core 581
8-Core 1004
100% 792 Pts
64-Core 1,287
86% 1,287 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.7
1-Core 178
2-Core 342
107% 199 Pts
4-Core 662
8-Core 1,039
108% 851 Pts
64-Core 1,260
85% 1,260 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 42,081,082 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
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Motherboard: MSI Z590-A PRO (MS-7D09) - $190

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

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Terrible

1 day ago.

11400F+3060Ti: Game over AMD, at least until Zen4 and RDNA 3 …


Good

15 days ago.


Excellent

8 days ago.

It's just awesome


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